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Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking Haba Snow Mountain Climbing Meili Snow Mountain Trekking Tour - 14 Days

Destination: Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking Haba Snow Mountain Climbing Meili Snow Mountain Trekking
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Tiger Leaping Gorge is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River (Golden Sands River), a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze River. It is located 60 kilometres north of Lijiang City, Yunnan in southwestern China. It is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site.At a maximum depth of approximately 3790 meters from river to mountain peak, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world.The inhabitants of the gorge are primarily the indigenous Naxi people, who live in a handful of small hamlets.Around 15 kilometres in length, the gorge is located where the river passes between the 5,596 metres Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the 5,396 metres Haba Snow Mountain in a series of rapids under steep 2,000 metres cliffs. Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point, hence the name.Administratively, the river in this area forms the border between Yulong Naxi Autonomous County of Lijiang City (right bank) and Shangri-La County of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (left bank).

Hiking the length of the gorge is possible. The hiking path ("the high road") is well-maintained and marked, although sometimes narrow, and at times impassable due to heavy rains, and is used by the Naxi as part of everyday life. This trail is longer than the lower road, approximately 22 kilometres (14 mi), but is more varied. It features a variety of micro-ecosystems, waterfalls, and a fair number of guesthouses for trekkers. 


The Haba Snow Mountain stands by the Jinsha River, 120km southeast of Zhongdian (Shangri-La), with its main peak of 5,396m. The attraction of the Sanba Tourist Area is attributed to the towering peaks of the Haba Snow Mountain and its alpine moraine lake, endless tracks of azalea flowers and cluster of waterfalls cascading down snow-covered cliffs. The glacier on the Haba Snow Mountain is the southmost glacier in China. In this tour you also will experience the deepest gorge of the world with 3900 meters in depth of Tiger Leaping Gorge. After two days trekking tour in the gorge, start the Haba Snow Mountain climbing, this will be the travel highlights of your trip to Yunnan.

Kawa Garbo or Khawa Karpo is the highest mountain in the Chinese province of Yunnan.But the most widely known by its Chinese name Meili Xue Shan or Meili Snow Mountain. The Meili range is a small massif of the much more extensive Hengduan Shan, the major north-south trending complex of mountains lying along the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau in eastern Tibet, northwestern Yunnan, western Sichuan, and far northern Myanmar. The Meili Xue Shan forms part of the divide between the Salween (Nujiang) and Mekong (Lancangjiang) rivers.

Yubeng Village is situated in the valley at the foot of Wuzi Peak which is at the bottom of Nianmu Peak of Meili Snow Mountain in Deqin County. It is almost inaccessible to many visitors because roads are definitely impossible to be developed. One can only get there by trekking or horse-riding for 18 kilometers, challenging the highest elevation of 3,700 meters above the sea level. Yubeng Village is endowed with intriguing and primitive landscapes. Its remoteness and isolation make people disbelieve that there are even human beings living and multiplying in this valley.


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Day 1 Arrival Lijiang (2400m) 
You'll begin our journey to Lijiang, which is the travel highlight of Yunnan. Our local guide will meet us in Lijiang airport. And then we will be transferred to our hotel. The rest time will be free in Lijiang Old Town.

Day 2 Lijiang-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain-Lijiang 
Enjoy the sunrise of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Lijiang Ancient Town in the morning, drive about 30KM to Ganhaizi Meadow(3100M), you will take the sightseeig bus for a short visiting through the Baishuihe River, take the chairlift up to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The cableway will be arranged according to the condition of the mountain. You will hike around1 hours in the original forest in Spruce Meadow (3200M).
After lunch, you will enjoy the Impression Lijang Ethnic Show directed in Ganhaizi Meadow(3100M). A cultural show demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area. The show takes place inside Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park at 3500m in an outdoor theater specifically designed to showcase the mountain which is used as a backdrop. The production itself was designed by Zhang Yimou, Fan Yue and Wang Chaoge, a cast of over 500 people, and a number of horses.In the afternoon, you'll stroll through Baisha Village, which is an enchanting traditional Yunnan village.  Visit the Baisha Mural about 600 years old, which is one part of the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997.

Day 3 Lijiang (2400m) 每 Qiaotou (1800m) - Halfway Guesthouse (2500m) 
Trekking Duration: 6-7hours
At 6:00, drive to Qiaotou Town, it takes 2 hours on the trip.  Your hiking trip starts from the Qiaotou Primary School,trek two hours to Naxi Family and you will have lunch there.

The 28 zigzagging turns will be a real test. From the top of "28 turns" on the high path further uphill to a place of altitude above 3000m, you can have a view of the panorama of the entire Gorge.  The go pass Tea Horse Guest House (5 hours) and arrive at Halfway Guesthouse (2500m) to finish today's trekking. The total trekking route is 26 km, and it takes about 6-8 hours.Overnight at Halfway Guesthouse.

Day 4 Halfway Guesthouse (2500m) -Tina's-Middle Rapids (1800m)-Haba Village (2600m) 
Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours
In the early morning, continue hiking to Tina's Inn (2 hours) after another hour walking down the steep cliff to the bank of Jinsha River to the Middle Gorge (Middle Hutiao or Middle Rapids), worship the dangerours shoal of "Starriness", it is the most narrow part of the gorge, where a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River.

From Half way Guesthouse to Middle Hutiao or Rapids will take between 3 to 4 hours. Then climb up the gorge to Walnut Grove (Woody's Guesthouse) using either the Tianti or Yixiantian route. Depending on how tired, choose the one to suit on the day. So from Middle Hutiao to Walnut Grove will take 2 or 3 hours and hence the total for the day from Halfway Guesthouse to Walnut Grove will be about 5 to 6 hours.

When you trek to Walnut Grove Garden, you will take the car to Haba Village, after dinner, prepare for Haba Snow Mountain climbing.Overnight at Haba Mountain Guesthouse.

Day 5 Haba Village (2600m)-the Base Camp at the 4200 m of Haba Mountain 
Trekking Duration: 5-6hours
From Haba village, we need horses to take our bags and all the camping equipments up to the mountain. We just carry a small bag with some food and drinks, and it takes about five hours and half to hike up to the Lake, through villages, meadows ,forests and small rivers. Black Sea Lake, with an elevation of 4170m,is in front of the Haba Mountain, and you can see the reflection of the Haba in water just from the camping site.
There are some small lakes, grasslands and mountain passes in the area near the Lake, so we spend the day here to walk around the lakes and climb up to the mountain passes to get acclimatized to the altitude here. There are different kinds of the flowers and plants which grow in the area, esp. azalea, and you will see the different sceneries in different seasons.

Day 6 the Base Camp at the 4200 m- the Camp 1 at 4800 of Haba Snow Mountain 
Trekking Duration: 6-7hours
Continue climb up for about 6 km to build Camp 1 at 4800m, which will take about 6 hours. Our professional mountaineering guide will choose the right path for you to climb up. Our guide will set up the Camp 1 for you.

There is the other option to walk to the Base Camp at 4200m within an hours and half via a couple of Lake and some mountain passes where you can have good views of Haba Mountain and the area. And then, walk up to 4800m from the Base Camp for some training and back to the Base Camp.

Day 7 the Camp 1 at 4800 m-the top of Haba Snow Mountain at the 5396-Haba Village 
Trekking Duration:8-9hours
Get up at 5:00 am, try to climb to the top of the Haba Snow Mountain at the 5396m, which will take about 5 hours, you will climb about 4 km, you can leave most of your luggage at the Camp 1, you just need to take your mountaineering tools, such as the rope, ice axe, ice pick, etc.,
You need to use ice crampons and ice axes to get to the top of the mountain. On the top, you can have a very good view of the mountains in distance, including Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, Meili Snow Mountain in Deqen, Three Holy Mountains in Yading and many other nameless mountains.
You will have a picnic lunch, then trek down to Camp 1 to take your luggage, then continue trek down to the Base Camp. Our service clerk at the BC will prepare good meals and waiting for you.

Day 8 the Base Camp at the 4200 m-Haba Village-Baishuitai-Shangri La (3300m) 
Trekking Duration:4hours
Trek down from Base Camp to the Long Wang Bian Village, with yaks taking your luggage, after lunch, drive to Shangri La, you will visit Baishuitai (White Water Terrace).

After Baishuitai, you will drive about 100 Km more to Shangri La. Then relax in Shangri La Old Town and enjoy Tibetan's life.

Day 9﹛Shangrila -Feillaisi,Deqin
Activity: Visit Nixi Pottery Village. Drive to Benzilan Village to see traditional Tibetan villages. Through Grand Jinsha River valley, drive to Dongzulin Lamasery to see the most original Tibetan buddist temple. Arrive in Feilaisi View Platform to watch the sunset of Meili Mountain.

Day 10﹛Feilaisi,Deqin-Shang Yubeng Village
Activity: Morning drive from Feilai Temple to visit Mingyong Glacier Park, then arrive Xidang Village, start trekking from Xidang Village to Shang YuBeng Village.
Trekking routes: Xidang Village每 Mountain Pass 每 Shang YuBen (6 hours).

Day 11﹛Shang Yubeng Village-Xia Yubeng Village
Trekking routes: Shang YuBeng Village 每 Xia YuBeng Village 每 Waterfalls 每 XiaYuBeng Village 每 Holy Lake 每 Xia YuBeng Village. (6 hours).

Day 12﹛Xia Yubeng Village -Feilaisi,Deqin
Trekking routes: Xia YuBeng Village 每 DeYiXing 每 NaJi 每 GeJiuDa 每 NiNong (6 hours) Drive from NinNong to 2 hours to Feilai Temple Village.

Day 13﹛Feilaisi,Deqin-Shangrila
Activity: Drive back to Shangrila. visit  Songzanlin Lamasery.

Day 14﹛Shangrila Departure
Send you to Airport.Take flight to Kunming.Tour Ends.


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